After a long amateur career, bantamweight mixed martial artist Chris Dunn has a chance to compete on national television in his third professional fight at XFC 20 on September 28 in Knoxville, Tenn., and he plans on taking full advantage of the opportunity.
A lifelong athlete, Dunn wrestled and ran track in high school and even dabbled in Tae Kwon Do. During his three years in college, Dunn also joined the boxing team before signing up for the Army.
Even during his military service, Dunn continued to pursue his interest in combat sports as part of the U.S. Army Combatives team.
“I started putting all of it together and thought, you know what, I’ll give it a try,” Dunn said of his decision to begin MMA training.
Although he only had his first fight in 2010, Dunn has kept busy, going 12-6 as an amateur and 1-1 since turning pro. All of that experience has paid off thus far.
“My last seven amateur fights were really tough and that’s what I wanted,” Dunn said. “I know what it’s like to be put up against an undefeated fighter or a guy that’s a hometown favorite.”
As part of the XFC 20 main card televised on AXS TV, Dunn will take on Joby Sanchez (3-1), who won an XFC open tryout to earn a spot with the organization.
“He’s a very well-rounded fighter,” Dunn said. “I know they chose him for a reason.”
He added, “I’m very grateful, very blessed for the opportunity. I’d really just want to thank [XFC President] John Prisco for allowing me to get on the card and show my talent. I’m not going to let him down.”